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Where Curiosity is Encouraged!

Theology Lab is a discussion group at Highrock based on the motto of ‘faith seeking understanding’. The word Lab indicates our posture, a way of doing theology that emphasizes the exploratory and communal nature of faith. In this group we take a fresh look at theological questions that lie at the heart of faith: Who is God? How should we read the Bible? Why does God allow suffering? This group values diverse experiences and seeks to learn from different perspectives as we examine our common faith together. No theological background is needed; curiosity encouraged!

What We Do

Theology Lab meets three times in both the fall and spring. Each meeting consists of a large group gathering over Zoom with discussions in small breakout groups. We regularly host authors and scholars for conversations on their work as it relates to the life of the church. Registration is required, so stay tuned!

Join us on Facebook! Our Facebook page is full of lively conversation about theology, faith, and life. This is a great place to generate discussion on topics that are important to you and learn from the perspectives of others.

Hear from a Participant

Listen as Grace shares how the Asian American Theology Lab impacted her life and faith.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ section below, or email Scott Rice at



  • While each session differs, we usually begin by hearing from a speaker (e.g. an author, a guest speaker, or a testimony from a group participant) for about 15 minutes in the form of a casual interview. This is often followed up with a Question-and-Answer session between the speaker and group participants (you can submit questions and keep a conversation going in the chat). During the last part of the session we use Zoom breakout groups to discuss reflections on that session’s topic (in your breakout groups, you’re encouraged to draw from the pre-distributed reading or video, or comment on what the speaker shared, etc.). These groups are smaller, around 4-6 people, and discussion questions are provided.

  • Theology Lab discussions are free. They are sponsored by Highrock Online.

  • Yes. All we ask is that you do the reading of 20-30 pages (or watch the assigned video) beforehand, and come with a spirit of curiosity.

  • No. However, there is a general progression in the sessions and so attending as many as you can is encouraged. If you can’t make a session you’re invited to share some of your personal reflections on the reading/video for a specific session with your breakout group (i.e., an email with a few sentences or bullet points).

  • Previous guest speakers include:

    • Tom Baskett (Berklee College of Music)
    • Lisa M. Bowens, African American Readings of Paul (Princeton Seminary)
    • David Chao (Center for Asian American Christianity, Princeton Seminary)
    • Chi-Ming Chien (Dayspring Partners)
    • M. Shawn Copeland, Knowing Christ Crucified (Professor Emerita, Boston College)
    • Aaron Griffith, God’s Law and Order (Whitworth University)
    • Russell Jeung, At Home in Exile (San Francisco State University)
    • Bo Karen Lee (Princeton Seminary)
    • Reggie Williams, Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus (McCormick Theological Seminary)
  • Well, there are several! In short, through a form of learning that values humility and curiosity, we strive to become informed followers of Jesus, to encourage solidarity amongst one another and with the marginalized, and to reflect together on next steps for discipleship.

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